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The Other Jesus

Christology in Asian Perspective


John Parratt

Standard works on Christology seldom give much consideration to the way Christ is perceived outside the Western tradition. The Other Jesus is an in depth study of understandings of the person of Jesus Christ by major Asian Christian theologians of the 20th century. Taking examples mainly from India and Japan, the author shows how the religious and social contexts of these countries have shaped the way in which Jesus has been understood. The final chapters examine how new approaches to Jesus have emerged from people movements in Asia in Dalit, Minjung, and feminist perceptions. Throughout the author seeks to relate Asian perspectives to Western Christologies, and to suggest ways in which they present challenges to the world wide church.


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Some of the material contained in chapter IV appeared in the Festschrift for Theo Sundermeier Mit dem Fremden Leben (Erlangen, 2000), and in the Scottish Jour- nal of Theology (64/2, 2011). I am also grateful to Brian Stanley for the invitation to present the material on ‘identification christologies’ (chapter VI) at a seminar of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, University of Edinburgh. My debt to the writings of Robin Boyd, R.S. Sugirtharajah, and Theo Sundermeier will be evident. I would also like to thank Kirsteen Kim for advice on Korean writing, and Karen Kilby, Kate Brett, and Werner Ustorf for their encouragement of this project. I am especially grateful to the School of Theology, University of Edinburgh for granting me a Visiting Fellowship, which enabled me to make use of New College’s extensive collection of materials on Asian theology. Finally I must thank Ute Winkelkoetter of Peter Lang Verlag for so helpfully facilitating the publication. John Parratt Carlisle, August 2012. 9‘When we speak of an Eastern Christ we speak of the incarnation of un- bounded love and grace; and when we speak of the Western Christ we speak of the incarnation of theology, formalism, ethical and physical force.’ (P .C.Mozoomdar The Oriental Christ, 1883)

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